Hidden System Settings on the Motorola Moto G, Moto E and Moto X

A security hole has been found within the systems of the Moto G, Moto X and Moto E which use custom launchers. Depending on how you wish to take it, this may either be a big problem and a major security breach, or just a cool little Easter egg. The hole is represented by some hidden Qualcomm settings which you can access with a custom launcher, without the need to get root access for your device.

There are a few things you can do with these settings such as set data limits, deactivate the USB storage or deactivate sensors, among others. Motorola doesn’t think this is a critical security hole, and shouldn’t be treated as a very big problem. However, knowing about isn’t a bad idea, in fact, it’s quite the opposite. While many of you might not be interested about this side of your smartphones, others who like to play around and mess with settings might find this story useful. Even if you aren’t incredible savvy in regards to this subject, you can still stick around and pick up a little knowledge.

It should be noted that these options won’t pop up magically, and there’s a little work involved before you get to them. They were pretty much discovered by accident, and it seems this is a problem isolated within the Motorola phone series. Using a custom launchers on a device with pure Android, for example, the Nexus 5, will not make these settings appear, but if the launcher is installed on a Motorola phone such as the Moto G, Moto X or Moto E, the user will be granted certain privileges that usually require root access, like gaining access to important system processes and functions, such as those provided by Qualcomm.

If you wish to reach those settings and are willing to risk a negative outcome, or just want to see what these settings are, exactly, you can do so by following the guide below. You will need to install the Apex or Nova custom launcher on your Moto device.

  1. Open the launcher’s action menu by long pressing the Home Screen.
  2. From the menu that appears, go ahead and select Shortcuts
  3. Next, select Activities, from the screen that appears.
  4. Somewhere on the list that follows (you may need to scroll down a bit) is something called com.qualcomm.qualcommsettings. That’s what you want to tap next.
  5. Now you have access to your Qualcomm settings.

Before you go tweak every setting in sight and mess around with these settings, please be advised that it can be dangerous for your phone’s safety to start changing setting you don’t understand, and that settings screen is for people who need and actually search for those specific settings.

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